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Forget the detractors, Spies is a star hindered by the Bulls rugby philosophy

Pierre Spies.  File Picture: GALLO IMAGES, LEE WARREN

Pierre Spies polarises opinion among South African rugby supporters, but were it not for his individualism the Bulls would have lost to the Lions, writes Mark Keohane

The Right Reverend Aloysias Maimane

DA leadership favourite Mmusi Maimane leads a double life, as both politician and preacher, and often they are in conflict, writes Gareth van Onselen

ON THE MONEY: Capitec looks solid for the long haul

Stuart Theobald promo

Capitec wants to become a big bank. And it is doing a very good job of growing into just that, writes Stuart Theobald

ON WORK: Twitter wraps fashionable new ways with verbose, fluffy flannel

Lucy Kellaway promo

Social media platform’s Dick Costolo manages to lower the brand with his windy nonsense, writes Lucy Kellaway

STRAIGHT TALK: Share buybacks defy all logic

Mark Barnes promo

Next time you get a share buyback payment, don’t reinvest it into the management team that gave it back — spend it, writes Mark Barnes

UNEMBARGOED: The DA’s credibility gap

Transformative leadership should provide clear answers on some of the most taxing questions of our time, writes Songezo Zibi

SA did its bit in five world war battles that shaped the world

South Africans, white and black, men and women, played their part on land, in the air, and at sea. They should not be forgotten as Europe celebrates Victory in Europe Day, writes John Kane-Berman

‘Chimerica’ will define the future of geopolitics

As a new world is born out of the ashes of the old, the games that the Great Powers play will shape this evolving order, writes Adekeye Adebajo

ON THE WATER: Masters of exploitation change yet stay same

Members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions at the ANC's Mangaung conference in December 2012. Picture: SOWETAN

The ANC would do well to thank the unions for their contribution to law, and then rid itself and the country of a redundant companion, writes Neels Blom

Pencil in an award that adds might to a brand


Prestigious and sought-after award is reserved for work that is truly groundbreaking, and only a handful are handed out each year, writes Suhana Gordhan

Previous columns

The DA’s fundamentalist undertones

The likes of Mmusi Maimane will be controlled by the juggernaut of Helen Zille’s uber righteous party brand, writes Gareth van Onselen

LAW MATTERS: Africa's Achilles heel

If our regional institutions worked well, we could (as we should) be holding our own crooks and villains to account, and to hell with the north, writes Franny Rabkin

STREET DOGS: Financial advisers to avoid

There are stock types to avoid at all costs when it comes to sound investment advice, writes Michel Pireu

Easy money does it for the Cape

What we don’t know is the degree to which the property market is integrated into global asset markets, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Is Molefe confident or merely whistling in the dark?

New Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s public-relations offensive may be what SA needs — as long as he can deliver, writes Hilary Joffe

STREET DOGS: A guide to good fortune

Michel Pireu: A useful guide to wealth management can be found under Manufactured Luck: Ten Commandments

Moshoeu will be sorely missed, not least by journalists for his candid views

Mninawa Ntloko promo

You have to admire those like the outspoken Moshoeu, who did not give a toss if what he had to say rubbed someone up the wrong way, writes Mninawa Ntloko

LETTER FROM LONDON: Africa not served by hotheads in Nigeria and SA

Africa’s two leading states look like emotional teenagers trading insults over xenophobic attacks, writes Marvin Meintjies

STREET DOGS: The price of risk

Michel Pireu: From an investor’s perspective, markets require uncertainty to function

Beware investor in the mirror

An investor’s reaction to geopolitical events constitutes the biggest threat, not the events themselves, writes Michel Pireu

ON WORK: Billionaires are born strange

Lucy Kellaway promo

Extreme success requires a personality disorder, but they seem to stay married, writes Lucy Kellaway

BEE: Banks need to do the right thing in good time

If ownership issue is not settled properly and amicably, sooner or later politicians will be pressured to demand bigger chunks, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: DA’s liberal values likely to be put to the test

Dave Marrs promo

Democratic Alliance's road to election victory needs to be paved with black votes and plenty of money, writes Dave Marrs

PAVLO’S PERSPECTIVE: Group Five's attention to trends pays off

Entrepreneurs need courage — the appetite to act on a view and make it happen, writes Pavlo Phitidis

THE INSIDER: Fat cats party, but at least the media’s free


Pessimists pondered on Freedom Day whether there was anything to celebrate at all

Might rules because we ignore the Constitution


Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau sought to explain the principles on which nation states are built ... that people in a community give up might for rights based on law, writes Xhanti Payi

Flying in the face of meaningful intention

Leon Louw promo

In a free society that values open justice, trying to invoke the antiquated and substantially reformed ‘sub judice rule’ … insults our judges and the public’s right to know, writes Leon Louw

‘Social cohesion’ is not the answer to violence against immigrants in SA

Steven Friedman

Instead of calling for ways to make us all the same, we should be discussing ways in which we can respect difference, writes Steven Friedman

Criticism of Zulu king mostly unjustified

Anthony Butler promo

The trouble is not so much what King Goodwill Zwelithini says as what he represents, writes Anthony Butler

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Hats off to an immigrant with plenty of attitude

BMW 2-Series convertible is an entirely new car with all-new engines too, writes Alexander Parker

THE INSIDER: The power deprived turn to Plan C for electricity


SA is not alone in hatching plots, which include the odd bribe, to secure power

Flip side of SA business venturing into Africa

Like many of the growth themes of post-apartheid Africa, too many people have been left out of the ‘Africa growth story’ to care how it works out, writes Trudi Makhaya

Zwelithini could teach Miliband a trick or two

Simon Lincoln Reader advises Labour supporters who acknowledge the party’s folly, yet still wish to support Miliband, to ‘do a Zwelithini’

Vavi factor gives pause to bold but impatient Numsa

Numsa is biding its time and patiently waiting to bypass another pothole: Zwelinzima Vavi, writes Natasha Marrian

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